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The Red-M Blade Brings Bluetooth Mobility to Palm Handheld Users
Bluetooth Clip-On for Palm Handheld Announced
WEXHAM SPRINGS, U.K.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 1, 2001--Red-M(TM), a leading supplier of advanced Bluetooth(TM) networking product solutions, today launches the Red-M Blade(TM), Bluetooth clip-on for the Palm(TM) Vx handheld computer. The Red-M Blade attaches easily to the back of the handheld, combining all the functionality of the Palm OSĀ® platform with Bluetooth wireless flexibility, whether in the office or on the road.

Access email, calendar, contacts and browse the Internet or Intranet anywhere
Communicate with other Bluetooth-enabled devices for data sharing and game-playing
Send SMS messages, and auto-dial contacts direct from your Palm Vx
Connects without wires in the home, on the road or in the office
When out of the office the Red-M Blade can connect anytime, anyplace, anywhere to a Bluetooth enabled mobile phone to enable access to email, calendar, other data and the net on a Palm Vx handheld, turning it into a mobile office. The Red-M Blade will identify and can connect with other authorized Bluetooth devices, such as a PC, to enable wireless synchronization. It can also communicate with other Palm Powered(TM) devices for applications such as game playing.

When in the office or at home, the Red-M Blade can link to a Bluetooth network, such as that provided by Red-M`s 3000AS access server and 1000AP access point devices, to enable low cost, high speed access to email, calendar, contacts information, plus the Intranet and Internet.

The Red-M Blade design allows the Palm handheld to be installed in its cradle to top up its battery without removing the clip-on enabling users of the Palm handheld to be Bluetooth enabled 24 hours a day. Combined with Red-M`s intelligent BladeLinkTM software, connection in the office, home or on the road is seamless and automatic.

John Cook, senior director of product marketing at Palm, Inc., adds, ``We are delighted that Red-M is implementing a Bluetooth wireless application. The Red-M Blade combines the benefits of Bluetooth with the power of the Palm handheld to enable wireless access to relevant information.``

Simon Gawne, Vice President and co-founder, Red-M, comments, ``The Red-M Blade is an innovative, must-have, accessory that adds a new level of functionality and flexibility to the Palm Vx handheld. From the large corporate to the small business to the consumer, users of the Red-M Blade have a serious productivity enhancer that can connect them anytime to a wide variety of information sources.``

Priced at $199, the Red-M Blade will be available in August 2001 from selected retail outlets. For further information, please go to Red-M`s website at www.red-m.com/blade

About Red-M

Red-M is an acknowledged leader in the Bluetooth networking market. The company develops and markets hardware and software product solutions that enable mobile data, voice and video communications inside buildings and public concourses to a range of devices - including computers, personal digital assistants (PDAs), wireless application protocol (WAP) smart phones and other emerging information appliances - using wireless Bluetooth technology. Red-M was founded as an internal start-up of Madge Networks N.V. (NASDAQ:MADGF - news) and is now an associate company, having secured $35m second round funding from Apax Partners and Amadeus Capital in April 2001. Red-M launched the world`s first Bluetooth networking products in October 2000 with the 3000AS access server and 1000AP access point.

The company has filed a number of patents around the design and implementation of Bluetooth networking technology, including its unique Red-M BIAS(TM) (Bluetooth Internet access server) technology. Red-M has won several awards including the first ever Award for Innovation at the annual Bluetooth Congress in June 2000 and more recently PC Magazine`s `UK Technical Innovation Award`. Red-M is an Associate Member of the Bluetooth Special Internet Group (SIG) and is an active member of the Personal Area Networking (PAN) working group. Information on Red-M can be found at www.red-m.com

About Bluetooth

Bluetooth(TM) wireless technology is set to revolutionize the personal connectivity market by providing freedom from wired connections. It is a specification for a small form-factor, low-cost radio solution providing links between mobile computers, mobile phones and other portable and handheld devices, and connectivity to the Internet. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), comprised of leaders in the telecommunications, computing, and network industries, is driving development of the technology and bringing it to market. The Bluetooth SIG includes promoter companies 3Com, Ericsson, IBM, Intel, Lucent, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia and Toshiba, and more than 2,200 adopter companies.

Red-M, the Red-M logo, Red-M BIAS, and the Red-M Blade are trademarks, and in some jurisdictions may be registered trademarks of Red-M (Communications) Ltd. Madge is a trademark, and in some jurisdictions may be a registered trademark of Madge Networks N.V. or its affiliated companies. Palm OS and Palm Powered are registered trademarks and Palm is a trademark of Palm, Inc. or its subsidiaries. Other trademarks appearing in this release are the property of their respective owners. PC Magazine`s UK Technical Innovation Awards is a trademark of VNU Business Publications Limited


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